How and why did English colonial policy change after 1763?

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Prior to 1763, which marked the end of the French and Indian War, the British government took a mostly hands-off approach to manage the affairs of their North American colonies. They felt that, as long as the colonists behaved well enough, they were happy to live and let live. At times they had attempted to take more direct control, such as with instituting the short-lived Dominion of New England and the Navigation Acts. However, these attempts at British management were poorly received by the colonists who had come to expect a certain degree of independence from the powers in London. As a result, the British mostly handled the colonies according to their unofficial policy of Salutary Neglect. This meant that they usually did not strictly enforce Parliament's laws that were meant to exert control over the colonies.

This all changed in 1763. The French and Indian War had been expensive for the British. They were left with large debts to pay off and felt that, since the war was largely...

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